Amazon nations have attacked in a joint declaration the “proliferation” of environmental rules in trade, echoing a growing backlash against new EU deforestation requirements.
The final document does not single out the European law specifically, but it condemns “the proliferation of unilateral trade measures based on environmental requirements and norms which constitute trade barriers”.
Mongabay has begun publishing a new edition of the book, “A Perfect Storm in the Amazon,” in short installments and in three languages: Spanish, English and Portuguese.
Chronicling the efforts of nine Amazonian countries to curb deforestation, this edition provides an overview of the topics most relevant to the conservation of the region’s biodiversity, ecosystem services and Indigenous cultures, as well as a description of the conventional and sustainable development models that are vying for space within the regional economy.
The Council has adopted an agreement to improve forest governance and help combat illegal logging in Guyana. The Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA), which the EU and Guyana signed in Montreal on 15 December 2022, aims to strengthen law enforcement in the forestry sector and ensure that timber products exported to the EU have been legally produced.
Under the recently signed agreement with Hess Corporation for the selling of the country’s carbon credits, Amerindian communities around Guyana will receive about US$112 million.
The revelation was made by Vice President Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo during the historic signing ceremony on Friday at the Baridi Benab State House.
He said that this is consistent with a pledge that Amerindian communities, both in forested and non-forested areas, will receive 15% of the proceeds from any sale of forest carbon.
According to the VP, Guyana would receive $187 million as compensation for the so-called “legacy era” (2016-2020). According to the agreement, payments of $250 million for the years 2021 to 2025 and $350 million for the years 2025 to 2030 are anticipated.
The distribution and use of these money will be decided by the communities.
Guyana and the European Union on Thursday, agreed on a detailed roadmap for implementing the Guyana-EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) which aims to improve forest governance and verify the trade in legal timber.
The only English-speaking nation in South America has one of the continent’s best track records for Amazon rainforest protection – and an ad hoc patrol group of Indigenous farmers, teachers, and hunters tracking loggers and wildcat miners is part of the reason why.
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